With one exception (the hyoid bone), every bone in the body is connected to or forms a joint with at least one other bone.
Joints are points of union between bones.
They may be more or less freely moveable, or fixed, allowing no movement
whatsoever between the bones they join.
Functionally joints are classified as
arthrose=joint, syn=together - bone stuck together),
arthrose=joint, amphi=both - in between immovable and freely movable ),
arthrose=joint, dia=apart - bone apart, can move easily).
Their structural classification is based on the
nature of the material comprising them.
Structurally joints are classified as
- Name the three major structural types of joints and compare their structure and mobility.
- Identify to which of these three structural types any joints in the body belong.
- Classify synovial joints according to movement permitted.
- Outline the structure and functions of bursae and tendon sheaths.